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Washington whitewater, Methow River

Okanogan county, McFarland Creek access to Pateros section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     16.2 miles
  The McFarland Creek access to Pateros section of Methow River is 16.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. The starting point is not too far from Wenatchee, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Okanogan County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of
    people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside
this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. This stretch is long enough for an overnight  
trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
The slopes of Echo Valley are so inviting nobody can resist, and there are plenty of folks from Methow here at Methow River. But wait, there's more exciting things to do in the Northern Cascade Range. A tour to Alta Lake State Park when you're here at Methow River is never a bad idea, and Minneapolis Beach is a beach nearby that you can check out. This river is so great. Methow River is generally a quite arid place. All through the month of December you get the most snow around here, and the driest of the months is July.

Methow River, McFarland Creek access to Pateros road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Methow River.
 Whitewater Near Methow River:
Methow River, Okanogan County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 16.2 miles long (McFarland Creek access to Pateros)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Carlton to McFarland Creek access)
Chelan River, Chelan County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Lake Chelan to Columbia River)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 25 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8 miles long (Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop)
Twisp River, Okanogan County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Buttermilk Creek to town of Twisp)
 Ski Areas Near Methow River:
Echo Valley, Washington , 9 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 14 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 47 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 60 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 93 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Methow River:
Bridgeport Marina RV Park, Bridgeport , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Methow River:
Minneapolis Beach, Chelan , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Methow River:
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 13 miles away
Mt Gardner Inn, Winthrop , 21 miles away
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 26 miles away
Blue Mountain Motel, Okanogan , 29 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Okanogan - Omak, Okanogan , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Methow River:
Black Canyon Sno-Park, Methow, 3 miles away
Alta Lake State Park, Methow, 4 miles away
Peninsula City Park, Methow, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Methow River:
Bluff Lake Trail, Lewis , 18 miles away,  19 hiking miles, 3531 feet elevation difference
Beaver Lake Trail, Okanogan , 19 miles away, 4.1 hiking miles, 1877 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Methow River:
Alta Lake State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Lake Chelan State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Methow River:
Alta Lake Golf Resort, Pateros , 4 miles away
Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course, Chelan , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Methow River
Rowel Lake, Okanogan , 12 miles away
Lake Chelan, Chelan , 12 miles away

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